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World Myanmar’s UK envoy says military attache ‘occupied’ embassy

05:45  08 april  2021
05:45  08 april  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

Myanmar envoy to London says military seized embassy in 'coup'

  Myanmar envoy to London says military seized embassy in 'coup' Diplomats loyal to Myanmar's junta have seized the country's embassy in London, leaving the ambassador locked out in the street after he called for the release of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The junta recalled Kyaw Zwar Minn last month after he issued a statement urging them to release Suu Kyi and deposed civilian President Win Myint. Protesters gathered outside the mission with the ousted ambassador, who told the Daily Telegraph that "when I left the embassy, they stormed inside the embassy and took it.

Myanmar ' s ambassador to London said on Wednesday Myanmar ' s military -linked figures occupied the embassy and he had been locked out of the embassy after he split with the military to call for the release of detained Aung San Suu Kyi. "I have been locked out," he told reporters outside the embassy in central London.

Myanmar ’ s ambassador to London has been locked out of the country’s embassy – apparently by his deputy, who was reported to have taken charge on behalf of the military . Since a military coup in February, Myanmar ’ s army has launched a harsh crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and has “It’s a kind of coup, in the middle of London … you can see that they occupy my building,” he said , adding that he was talking to Britain’s Foreign Office about the situation. Four diplomatic sources with knowledge of the matter said that deputy ambassador Chit Win had taken over as charge d’affairs

Myanmar’s ambassador to Britain accused a Yangon military-linked figure of occupying the embassy and barring him access, in an extraordinary diplomatic standoff a month after the envoy called for the military to release deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

a man standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: Myanmar's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, stands with police officers locked outside the Myanmar Embassy in London on Wednesday evening [Niklas Halle'n/AFP] © Myanmar's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, stands with police officers locked outsi... Myanmar's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, stands with police officers locked outside the Myanmar Embassy in London on Wednesday evening [Niklas Halle'n/AFP]

The latest development comes as the violence in Myanmar continues with at least 20 more people killed in the Sagaing and Bago regions, bringing to more than 600 the death toll from the military crackdown on protesters, the Myanmar Now news agency reported on Thursday, citing figures compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

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Myanmar ' s ambassador in London says he has been locked out of his embassy . Kyaw Zwar Minn said staff were asked to leave the building by Myanmar ' s military attaché and he was told he was no longer the country's representative. "I have been locked out," he told Reuters news agency. Myanmar ' s military seized power in a coup on 1 February, sparking weeks of protests and escalating violence. Kyaw Zwar Minn has called for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. More than 500 people - including dozens of children - have been killed so far as pro-democracy protesters demand a return to

LONDON (Reuters) - Myanmar ’ s ambassador to London told Reuters he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday, with sources saying his deputy had shut him out of the building and taken charge on behalf of the military . Britain has sanctioned members of Myanmar ’ s military and some of its business interests in wake of the coup, and has demanded the restoration of democracy. The British foreign office had no immediate comment on the incident. “This is my building, I need to go inside.

In London, protesters gathered outside the building in the Mayfair neighbourhood with the ambassador, Kyaw Zwar Minn, as reports emerged he had been locked out. When asked who was inside, he replied: “Defence attache, they occupy my embassy.”

The ambassador told the AFP news agency that he would stay outside the embassy “all night”, explaining “this is my building”.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1 ignited protests and international condemnation.

The military government recalled its ambassador to the UK last month after he issued a statement urging them to release Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

“Diplomacy is the only response and answer to the current impasse,” Kyaw Zwar Minn said in the statement that was shared by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on social media.

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The Myanmar embassy in London was “stormed” by members of the nation’s new military regime and seized this evening, the ambassador has alleged. Kyaw Zwar Minn, who has served as the Asian nation’s ambassador to the UK since 2014, told The Telegraph he had been He drew the ire of his nation’s military regime last month after he declared his opposition to the armed coup. He also called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and met with Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary. Myanmar ’ s state broadcaster said Kyaw Zwar Minn had been recalled for issuing an unauthorised statement.

Myanmar ’ s military shuts down Internet, two months after coup. Myanmar ’ s embassy in Washington D.C. has also spoken out against the junta, calling on the military to "exercise utmost restraint” in its response to demonstrations. The embassies in London and Washington did not respond immediately to “This is London you know. They can’t be able to do this coup in the middle of London,” he said . According to Reuters, Kyaw Zwar Minn’s deputy, Chit Win had taken over the embassy along with a military attache . Footage on social media showed police posted outside the embassy in Mayfair, an

Britain’s Foreign Office, which has been a strong critic of the coup, said it was “seeking further information following an incident at Myanmar’s embassy in London,” and the Metropolitan Police said they were aware of the situation.

Kyaw Zwar Minn told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that “when I left the embassy, they stormed inside the embassy and took it.

“They said they received instruction from the capital, so they are not going to let me in,” he added, calling on the British government to intervene.

Rights abuse dossier

Demonstrations calling for the return of democracy and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi have rocked Myanmar almost daily since the coup.

Civil servants, doctors and other key workers have stopped working as part of a civil disobedience movement aimed at preventing the military from running the country.

In response, the security forces have used rubber-coated bullets and live rounds to break up rallies and detained thousands of activists.

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Myanmar ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn talks to police outside his country’ s embassy in London on Wednesday. Photo: AP. Diplomat Kyaw Zwar Minn has in recent weeks called for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Deputy ambassador Chit Win and the military attaché reportedly locked the envoy out of the building.

Myanmar ’ s ambassador to the UK has been locked out of its embassy in central London after speaking out against the military coup in the Southeast Asian country. The prime minister has previously condemned the ousting of the elected government in Myanmar . Boris Johnson criticised the “unlawful imprisonment of civilians” after Ms Suu Kyi was detained. Myanmar ’ s military has since violently cracked down on opponents, with security forces reportedly killing hundreds of protesters and bystanders.

International powers have voiced anger and dismay at the military government’s brutal approach and imposed sanctions on key officials.

But while the UN Security Council has condemned civilian deaths, it has stopped short of considering sanctions, with both China and Russia against the move.

And so far, the diplomatic pressure appears to be having little effect on the bloodshed.

A group representing the overthrown civilian government said Wednesday it has gathered 180,000 pieces of evidence showing rights abuses by the military government including torture and extrajudicial killings.

A lawyer for the Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) – a group of MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party – met UN investigators on Wednesday to discuss the alleged atrocities.

“This evidence shows widescale abuses of human rights by the military,” the group said in a statement.

They include more than 540 extrajudicial executions, 10 deaths of prisoners in custody, torture, illegal detentions and disproportionate use of force against peaceful protests, the statement said.

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Nearly 50 of the dead were children.

With many protesters now in hiding to escape arrest, the military government is increasingly taking their family members hostage, according to AAPP.

‘Destroy the country’

The head of the military authorities, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, insisted they had dealt with the protests “in a democratic way”, in a speech reported on Wednesday by state media.

He accused the protest movement of wanting to “destroy the country” and said only 248 protesters had been killed, along with 16 police officers.

Robert Volterra, a lawyer for the CRPH – which claims the right to speak for the country instead of the military government – held talks with the UN’s Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar on Wednesday and said further meetings were planned for coming days.

Human rights group Amnesty International last month reported that the military government was using battlefield weapons on unarmed protesters and carrying out premeditated killings orchestrated by their commanding officers.

The growing bloodshed has prompted warnings that Myanmar could slide into a broader civil war.

As well as breaking up protests and making arrests, the security forces have also sought to shut off news of the crisis, throttling internet access and independent media.

In response, some activists have started a daily two-page newsletter called Voice of Spring, rounding up independent media reports and publishing on Twitter.

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A sleepy village in remote northern Thailand became a hub of activity this week when it received refugees fleeing Myanmar -- a sight that brought back vivid memories for its ethnic Karen residents. Karen rights groups have accused Thailand of forcing the refugees to go back to Myanmar -- something the Thai authorities strongly deny. Declining to be drawn on whether the refugees had returned on their own accord, Mae Sam Laep resident Tamu Nochi -- also ethnic Karen -- said simply that he sympathised with them.

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